Man and woman on walking trail on the left, rare white pelicans to the right.
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When it comes to nature, Florida is on the top of the list in the country for experiences that you’ll remember for a long time. Envision yourself cruising down one of the state’s longest waterways in an airboat or coming face-to-face with a standing fortress that’s over 300 years old. Even here in Vero Beach, you can experience Florida’s history when you take a walk down the historic Jungle Trail. With so many natural adventures scattered throughout the state, all of them are yours to explore. Where will you go on your next weekend off?

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

Named after a famed professor who devoted his life to protecting the loggerhead turtles that nest on this park’s shores, the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge covers over 20.5 miles of beachfront, encapsulates a variety of diverse ecosystems, and serves as a home for over 140 species of birds and 350 species of fish. See the refuge’s wildlife in action when you sign up for one of their turtle walks. During the right time of year, you may even be able to see a sea turtle lay its eggs on shore.

McKee Botanical Garden

Recognized for its commitment to conservation and beautifully designed landscapes, the McKee Botanical Garden received its start when Waldo Sexton and Arthur G. McKee purchased the land in hopes of turning it into citrus groves. They quickly decided that it was too pretty to remove, and worked on developing it as a visitor’s destination. Today, the garden even holds a spot on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Make sure to see the water lilies floating along the lakes and ponds here, and check out the beloved orchids that fill the garden beds.

Historic Jungle Trail

The Historic Jungle Trail that runs through a portion of Indian River County is a jewel of the area. If you read the information signs scattered throughout, you’ll learn that this is the road that citrus growers would take to transport their stock to major Florida cities and back. In fact, it was the original State Road A1A. From the ‘20s and still today, Florida, and especially Vero Beach, was and is America’s citrus basket, providing the country with their fresh stock of oranges, along with other citrus. As you stroll through the eight miles of trail, you’ll notice it even winds its way through Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. Today, the Jungle Trail serves as a reminder of what once was, and it’s great for walking or biking.

Florida’s parks showcase the natural beauty of the state in a way that little else can. Many travel to experience these parks and their wildlife firsthand, but only a lucky few can call this amazing place home.

For those who want to get close to nature, the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club amenities are second to none. Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but the residents as well. Members also enjoy the convenience of a golf cart lifestyle. Traveling the community via golf cart makes getting to any of the amenities a fun and enjoyable experience, including the West Indies styled private Beach Club, which overlooks a private beach just for members and their families to swim, surf and sun on.

This private community is committed to providing an extraordinary level of service. Golf here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed 18-hole course is not only revered as one of the best in the region, but also considered a picturesque nature walk throughout this unique habitat.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to up to $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums. Check out the full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island.

Intrigued by this one-of-a-kind destination? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about this amazing community and how the Vero Beach area embraces its natural wonderland.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Realty office and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 to schedule a private appointment.

If you are looking for a true adventure right here on Orchid Island, head to the historic Jungle Trail, an eight-mile sandy road built in the 1920s along the banks of the Indian River. Originally constructed so that the citrus growers could transport their fruit, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as it was the original A1A. Whether you choose to bike or hike, you’ll enjoy the scenery along the way, including palm tree hammocks and coastal wetland areas. You’ll also get to see some of the area’s magnificent homes. At the end of the trail, you’ll come to the Pelican Island Sanctuary, the first wildlife refuge in the U.S. National Park Registry.

The Historic Jungle Trail is also one of the best places to see the island’s flora and fauna. When you’re so close to the country’s oldest bird sanctuary, you’re sure to see some great things. Take a look in the sky every once in a while – you might catch an osprey or a rare white pelican. Pay attention to the grasses – you might find some unique plants. When you ride by the ocean, keep your eye out on the water – there may be a dolphin or a manatee swimming by.

If you can learn a lot about a town from what it saves for future generations, then there’s tons that a place like this one could say. Residents here work to save things not just for themselves, but for their families. Things like the knowledge of swinging a golf club, or the memory of playing on the beach. For those who want to get close to nature and enjoy the creature comforts of home, the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club amenities are second to none.  Orchid Island works hard to preserve a way of life for, not only the natural neighbors who live on the Treasure Coast, but the residents as well. Members and residents also enjoy the one-mile of private beach access and what’s even better, Orchid Island spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River.

This private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer designed, 18-hole course is not only renowned among courses, but also holds an Audubon Certified Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles Magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottage, or oceanfront condominiums.

 

 

There’s no time more special than when grandkids come by to visit. With so much to do here in Vero, you’re always trying to fit in as much fun as possible. When you want to make the most of every moment, below are some tips and tricks on fun things to do around the area.

Go on Safari
Now through September, McKee Botanical Garden is going wild! Thanks to sculptures made by the Ark Collective in Nairobi, eagle-eyed guests can find curious creatures hiding out in the garden. Can you spot the elephant babies running through the leaves or the hippo watching from the palms? If you’re lucky, you might be able to find the 16-foot giraffe, towering over the trees! This is a great place to take the kids for the day.

Bike the Historic Jungle Trail
Perfect for older kids, this 8-mile ride will take you through Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, past a scenic stopping point by the Indian River Lagoon, and all the way to the Captain Forster Hammock Preserve. This important piece of Florida history was constructed in the 1920s, so that fruit growers could take their produce to the market. Want a shorter ride? Part of the trail cuts right through Orchid Island, so you can start there. Ride out a little bit out and then turn back when you’re ready. The trail is easy, maintained terrain and it’s almost impossible to get lost!

Hit the Beach
Enjoy Florida’s true gem at Orchid Island’s private beach. Build sandcastles, play tag in the surf or enjoy swimming through the cool blue waters. Keep an eye out for some of the many amazing animals that call Orchid Island home—bald eagles, ospreys, dolphins, even baby turtles if you’re lucky!

No matter what you do, it’s always a great time when family comes to visit. And here in Vero, there’s fun for everyone around every turn.

Members of Orchid Island are lucky enough to call this amazing place home. Having served members and their families and members for over 25 years, this private community is committed to providing a level of service that stands out from the rest. Golfing here is unparalleled, as the Arnold Palmer-designed 18 hole course not only is renowned among courses but also holds an Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status for its commitment to natural preservation. The recently renovated Beach Club serves as a gathering place for families and friends to reunite. Private club events and holiday gatherings are held in the dining room, and families enjoy fun in the sun along the Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention the resort-style pool and amenities such as tennis, pickleball and a fitness center available to members.
Even better, Orchid Island stretches from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian River.

Love the Vero Beach location? Request the inaugural issue of Orchid Island Lifestyles magazine here to learn more about the Vero Beach area and how nature coexists with the residents.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Orchid Island Sales Center and see the community’s beauty for yourself. Call 772. 388.3888 for more information.

Luxury residential properties range from the $800s to over $10 million and include custom estate residences, courtyard homes, cottages and oceanfront condominiums. For a full list of available real estate listings at Orchid Island, visit out Real Estate page.